Professional Development Grants

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The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014

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IMPORTANT:  The ACITC Professional Development Grants (minigrant) program has recently undergone significant changes, which are highlighted in red below.  Please read the updated criteria and instructions carefully before submitting a minigrant proposal for 2014.

The Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC) is pleased to announce the new submission cycle for the Professional Development Grants (minigrants) program. The program provides opportunities for Florida Tech faculty and staff to enrich their teaching, research, and professional development through participation in projects and travel related to information technology. Potential projects include:

  • Developing on-line course or technology-based instructional materials
  • Exploring a technology-based research line of inquiry
  • Participating in educational technology-related conferences
  • Allowing a student to present the results of previous minigrant projects at conferences
  • Organizing educational technology-related on-campus seminars and guest speakers
  • Purchasing hardware and/or software for education-related activities

Multi-disciplinary proposals that involve faculty or staff members from two or more departments are strongly encouraged.

TYPES OF AWARDS

Travel Grants:  The purpose of the Travel Grant awards is to enhance the technology-related professional development of a faculty member or their graduate or undergraduate research students. 

NEW THIS YEAR:  Travel grants may be applied to support a student to present the results of a previous minigrant at a professional conference or symposium.

Educational Grants:  The purpose of the Educational Grant awards is to enhance educational activities that involve the creative use of information technology resources. This can take various forms including (but not limited to) laboratory activities, lecture activities, directed studies, etc.

Research Grants (NEW):  The purpose of the Research Grant awards is to provide seed funding for research projects related to information technology.  These projects must be innovative and must not be currently funded or have received previous funding.  Research Grant awards are intended to assist in the pursuit of new lines of inquiry in a faculty member’s research program. Travel funds related to the proposed research may also be requested under this category.

Travel awards will not exceed $1,000. Awards for education projects will not exceed $2,500.  Awards for research projects will not exceed $5,000.

For larger, more expensive projects, applicants are encouraged to identify matching or supplemental funds from alternative sources. The source and likelihood of the availability of these funds should be clearly stated in the proposal. Although awards cannot be used for faculty salaries, funds may be requested for student support (college roll) or for personnel to construct special instruments or hardware.

Applicant eligibility: Full-time or part-time Florida Tech faculty & staff. Recipients of previous awards are eligible, and will be asked to include with their proposals a 250-word summary of previously funded project accomplishments.

Anticipated number of proposals submitted: 20 – 25. Estimated number of awards: 1 – 2 (travel), 3 – 4 (educational), 2–3 (research).

Summary of past winners and benefits of ACITC mini-grants

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note:

  • Awards are not intended for replacement or upgrade of existing equipment.

While we encourage the inclusion of specialized or unique hardware items in the project proposals, we do not customarily allocate funding for the purchase of computers or other standard equipment.

Proposal Description

Education Project Grant Proposals:  Provide a convincing narrative summary of no more than 500 words describing how the award will be used. The description should include:

  1. A list of project goals and objectives
  2. An indication of how the project will promote the use of educational technology for teaching or research.
  3. Anticipated outcomes, including a description of how the activity will benefit you, your department, and the Florida Tech community
  4. Sources and commitments of additional/supplemental financial support (if necessary).

Research Project Grant Proposals:  Provide a convincing narrative summary of no more than 2 pages (double spaced, 12 point font, including figures and references) describing how the award will be used. The description should include:

  1. A list of project goals and objectives. 
  2. A description of how the project is distinct from the PI’s current area(s) of research. 
  3. A description of the use of information technology in the proposed work. 
  4. A description of the type(s) of external funding that could be pursued should the proposed research under the minigrant program prove successful. 

Budget and Justification

An itemized budget for the project should be provided. Funds may be requested for meeting registration, travel, lodging, the purchase of hardware and software items, and student stipends. A brief justification for each item listed in the budget should also be provided.

Applicants are required to prepare and submit proposals on-line using the link provided below. Although there is no limit to the number of proposals that may be submitted by a single applicant or group of applicants, awards will be limited to one per staff or faculty member. (In a case where an affiliated travel proposal is also submitted, total award will not exceed $2,500.)

Evaluation Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a six member panel (three ACITC committee members and three non-committee referees) and will be considered confidential. The following criteria will be applied:

Travel Grant Criteria

Standard Travel Grant:

  1. The travel grant contributes to the professional development of the recipient.
  2. The travel grant is for purposes related to educational/instructional technology.
  3. The travel grant is expected to yield knowledge and information that will impact and enhance classroom education/instruction.
  4. The travel grant enables one or more students to travel for purposes related to educational/instructional technology.
  5. The travel budget is reasonable and appropriate for its intended use.

Alternate Travel Grant Criteria: 

  1. The Travel Grant supports the dissemination of the results of a previous ACITC minigrant by a student.
  2. The travel grant contributes to the professional development of the student to be supported.
  3. The degree to which the previous minigrant achieved its goals.
  4. The travel budget is reasonable and appropriate for its intended use.

Education Project Grant Criteria

  1. The project involves the use of educational/instructional technology.
  2. The project is innovative.
  3. The project impacts and enhances classroom education/instruction.
  4. Students participate in project development.
  5. The project enhances the visibility of the applicant’s department and/or Florida Tech.
  6. The project is clear and well written. (i.e., clear goals and objectives, appropriate budget justification).
  7. The project is interdisciplinary.
  8. The project budget is reasonable and appropriate for the scope of the project.

Research Project Grant Criteria

  1. The project is distinct from currently funded projects by the PI.
  2. The project is innovative and uses the funds creatively.
  3. The successful project shows the potential for continued funding from external sources.
  4. Students participate in the project.
  5. The project is of high enough quality that, if successful, presentations at professional conferences/symposia, or peer-reviewed publications would result.
  6. The project is clear and well written. (i.e., clear goals and objectives, appropriate budget justification).
  7. The project makes use of existing Florida Tech information technology or computing infrastructure.
  8. The project budget is reasonable and appropriate for the scope of the project.

Secondary Criterion: For investigators receiving prior ACITC funding: The investigator has demonstrated that he/she has used previous ACITC awards appropriately/effectively.

Awards will be announced in late April. Awardees will be required to submit a written report to ACITC at the end of the funding period. Written reports will be posted on the ACITC faculty/staff web page. Awardees might be required to present the results of their projects as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence’s Spotlight on Teaching Excellence Series.

Questions regarding the grant program and application process should be directed to Marcus Hohlmann (P/SS) at hohlmann@fit.edu or Joel Olson (Chem.) at jolson@fit.edu. Technical Issues with the online system should be directed to Web Services at webservices@fit.edu.

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